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Culture is big business. It is at the root of many urban regeneration schemes throughout the world, yet the economy of culture is under-theorized and under-developed. In this wide-ranging and penetrating volume, the economic logic and structure of the modern cultural industries is explained. The connection between cultural production and urban-industrial concentration is demonstrated and the book shows why global cities are the homelands of the modern cultural industries. This book covers many sectors of cultural economy, from craft industries such as clothing and furniture, to modern media industries such as cinema and music recording. The role of the global city as a source of creative and innovative en

The Gem and Jewelry Industry in Los Angeles and Bangkok
The gem and jewelry industry in Los Angeles and Bangkok

The gem and jewelry industry is for the most part a small craft-based and labor-intensive industry producing luxury goods for limited markets, and it has little of the imposing economic amplitude or dynamism of major cultural-products industries such as, for example, film production or music recording. It turns out on closer examination, however, that the gem and jewelry industry is of considerable interest and importance, both in its own right and as an instance of certain of the key conceptual issues that are at stake in this book; it is an especially noteworthy exemplar of the complex relations between spatial agglomeration and economic performance in the ...

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